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Nicole Hesson, Ed.D.


  • B.S. Davidson College (2004) – Biology
  • M.A.T. Johns Hopkins University (2007) – Secondary Science
  • Ed.D. Temple University (2016) – Educational Administration


  • Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate, Biology 7-12
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor
  • QPR Certified Gatekeeper


  • Education in Today’s Society
  • Middle & Secondary Science Pedagogies
  • Teaching Science Methods
  • Curriculum Development

Research Interests

  • Novice teachers
  • Middle school teacher education
  • Science Teaching


  • Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers, National Science Teachers Association (2007)

Recent Publications

  • Hesson, N., & DeSantis, J. (2019, April 23). Set the stage: Planning and assessing the candidate interview. Inside Higher Education. Available at 2019/04/23/planning-and-assessing-job-candidates-teaching-demonstration-opinion
  • Hesson, N. (2018). Novice middle-level teachers’ perceptions of the congruity between field experience placement schools and employment schools. Pennsylvania Teacher Educator, 17, 42-56.
  • DeSantis, J., & Hesson, N. (2018, March 27). Teach like you mean it. Inside Higher Education. Available at
  • Forsyth, J., & Hesson, N. (2017, June). Benefits and challenges of transitioning to service-based multidisciplinary capstone projects. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Engineering Education, Columbus, OH.
  • Hesson, N. (2016). How do selected novice middle school teachers from various certification pathways perceive the effectiveness of their teacher preparation? Middle Grades Review, 2(1). Available at
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